Employment in the Age Group 50+ in the Baltic States and its Changes in Response to COVID-19

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The objective of the study is to examine the patterns of the employment of older people in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania over the recent decade and the changes brought about by the first wave coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020. The study is based on the Eurostat statistical data as well as the microdata from the recent wave of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement (SHARE). Particular attention is paid to the data collected in SHARE Wave 8 COVID-19 Survey conducted in June-August 2020 in 26 European countries and Israel via computer-assisted telephone interviews. Questions examined how people aged 50 years and older coped with socioeconomic and health-related impact of COVID-19. During the last decade, participation of older age groups in labour market is gradually growing with the increase of the statutory retirement age and life expectancy. Employment rates in the pre-retirement and post-retirement age groups are comparatively high in Latvia and other Baltic States as contrasted to the EU averages, especially among women. Despite of relatively worse health status, people in the Baltic countries also demonstrate the highest share of respondents with willingness to work even upon reaching pension age. In 2020, the COVID-19 had relatively mild impact on it. The branches with traditionally high share of workers aged 50+ (education, healthcare, agriculture, administrative services) were least affected by lockdown measures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd International Scientific Conference "Economic Science for Rural Development 2021"
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Scientific Conference
EditorsAnita Auzina
Place of PublicationJelgava
PublisherLatvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789984483825
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event22nd International Conference "Economic Science for Rural Development" - Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies Faculty of Economics and Social Development, Jelgava, Latvia
Duration: 11 May 202114 May 2021
Conference number: 22

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2255-9930


Conference22nd International Conference "Economic Science for Rural Development"
Internet address


  • Baltic States
  • COVID-19
  • elderly
  • employment
  • Remote work
  • retirement

Field of Science*

  • 5.2 Economy and Business
  • 5.9 Other social sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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